Sense Of Reality

What Causes Feeling Detached From Reality?

Feeling detached from reality can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose feeling detached from reality, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "feeling detached from reality" as a symptom.  For example, paranoia.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
poor ability to relax
very angry/hostile disposition
moderate tolerance of other people
a suspicious nature
being an unsocial person
schizophrenia in family members
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of feeling detached from reality.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Mind Health section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about sense of reality:
Sense of reality. Do you tend to see things as they really are, or as you wish them to be? For example: When you say you can do something, can you really do it, or is it often an exaggeration?
Possible responses:
→ Always very firmly grounded in day-to-day reality
→ Average - realistic, occasional flights of fancy
→ Frequent detachment from reality, wishful thinking
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either being grounded in reality or being detached from reality, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Paranoia/Paranoid Personality Disorder.  Being detached can be a symptom of paranoid personality disorder.
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